Sergi Samper moved to Granada from Barcelona on a season-long loan in the summer, however, he could have already been in England.

He had been linked repeatedly with a move to Arsenal and some of the present claims from the Catalan media even thought Barcelona had lost him and he was off to join the Gunners.

It was however said that In 2015, Mundo Deportivo and others in Spain claimed it was Samper and his circle trying to persuade Arsenal on a deal having passed up the opportunity previously.

It was said that back then in 2011, Samper visited Arsenal’s facilities along with the duo of Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin, but unlike the other two Samper decided against a move. His family however feel that was poor advice from agent Pere Guardiola and that the brother of Pep might have been even acting in the interests of Barcelona rather than that of the young midfielder.

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However, speaking to the website of current club Granada , Samper when asked about Arsenal interest, said he didn’t want to listen to Wenger and that he made it clear that he wanted to stay because he wanted to succeed at Barcelona.

“That was very good and that the happiest thing I did was to be able to succeed in Barcelona in the future.”


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